Prudishness at Youtube

So I spot this link to a video about a competitor in the recent North Pole Marathon and bike race who decided to skinny-dip in the Arctic Ocean (because, if you’re gonna do a marathon and ride in a bike race at the pole, you might as well swim, too, to get the full “triathlon”…

It didn’t take long: Saddam hanging video

As expected, there’s already video of Saddam’s hanging — I mean the actual death — online. A blog reader pointed me to this. It looks like someone had a video camera phone with them and surreptitiously shot the few minutes before the actual hanging, because the camera moves around a lot and after the floor…

Should editors publish Saddam hanging images, video?

That’s a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. The answer is yes, when you’re talking about online. If you’re thinking of publishing gruesome photos on the font page of your newspaper, or video of the actual hanging on a news broadcast, then (especially in the USA, where we’re still puritanical about such things), don’t do…

State of the art multimedia from MSNBC.com

Want to see some absolutely stunning, cutting edge news multimedia? Look here: Rising From Ruin: Two Towns Rebuild After Katrina from MSNBC.com. Wow. Comment from MSNBC.com executive producer for editorial experience Ashley Wells, which accompanied his pointer to me: “And it only took 9 months!”

Google Video enhanced?

I can’t find news of it, but it appears that Google Video has been upgraded. A previous annoyance has been that after you uploaded a video, it was usually several hours (often, the next day) before the video was actually published so other people could view it. Yesterday, the video upload service was down all…

Why is NYTimes.com afraid of the link?

Oh, c’mon NYTimes.com. You’ve got to be kidding! … Its article, “NBC’s Web-Only Episodes Offer ‘The Office,’ a Little at a Time,” contains NO LINK TO THE VIDEO. Writer Alessandra Stanley gets readers intrigued about seeing some Internet-only “webisodes” of the popular TV comedy The Office, but NYTimes.com editors force us to seek out the…

Let’s go webcam fishing

This is either a very unusual marketing technique or the height of geekdom. … My Boulder friend, Chris Ryan, president of Future of News, has aimed a web-cam at his saltwater acquarium. Go to the Future of News website and click on the Fishcam link in the left column.

Re-inventing the video wheel not necessary

This week we added a video component to my company’s debut sports website, YourMTB.com. It’s a participatory site, where mountain biking enthusiasts can share their passion for their sport by sharing stories of their adventures, photos and video clips. Here’s the main video page, where our users are just beginning to share videos — like…

The $130 pocket video cam

A key premise of my company and its websites (like YourMTB.com) is that technology is enabling people to share more of themselves with the rest of the world. Cellphone cameras, tiny digital cameras and video cams … all make it easy to document more of your life and share it with others. Sites like YourMTB…

Itty-bitty video cameras

Walker Thompson, enthusiast-in-chief of my company’s first website, YourMTB.com, travels light when he heads out on his mountain bike. Even on long epic rides, he takes along just a small Camelback for water and stuffs his rear jersey pockets with a few necessities. With his new responsibilities for YourMTB, he’s now shooting video of his…

Could this be for real? (Um, no)

So I’m looking at Google Video and am intrigued enough to click on this video of an apparent meteor strike caught on home video, dated February 16. If that’s legit, wow! But maybe it’s a fake. I really can’t tell, and the text description to go with the video is only this: “A meteor crashes…

Just add the links, already!

Old-media thinking drives me nuts. Case in point: I just read an article that’ll run in Sunday’s New York Times, “Cubicle Dwellers’ Funniest Home Video.” (Here’s the link to the story, but you’ll need a TimesSelect paid account to read it before Sunday.) The piece talks about all the fun viral videos floating around the…

Enjoy the inanity

Is this lonely kitty skit the next big viral video? Jon Fine thinks maybe. Could be; it’s bizarre and had me laughing out loud. In recent days I’ve been seeing some pushback on the whole amateur-video/YouTube phenomenon. It’s mostly a bunch of crap, the argument goes; we’ll get tired of this eventually and go back…